Creating a ready-to-wear collection goes through a specific process. Every single step is clearly defined, and must be done by fashion professionals who will provide quality work. Here are the different steps to create a ready-to-wear collection.
Analysis of the season trends
The first step is to elaborate the collection. You should study future season trends (ready-to-wear collections are usually created 18 months before they go on sale), to have original trendy ideas and anticipate what people will want to buy during future seasons. That trend analysis will help you make mood-boards which will give be a good inspiration base and guideline to design your collection.
Determine the brand’s values
To guide you through the sketch making phase, you should deeply think about your brand values as well as its market positioning. Highlight those values by making new mood-boards that will help you during the design phase.
Designing your collection styles and drawing your collection plan
Having a collection plan is necessary to create a balanced collection: it will highlight the different types of styles your collection needs to have (ex: top pieces, bottom pieces, accessories, etc.). Once you know what type of pieces you would like to have, you will find inspiration in all your mood-boards to draw the first sketches. If you are not a designer yourself, you can easily ask for the help of a free-lance designer by giving him/her your guidelines, and showing him/her your mood-boards and collection plan.
Product development and prototypes
Once the design of each of your collection styles is ready, you will need to choose the fabrics each style is going to be made in. You can easily find fabric swatches in fabric markets (the Saint Pierre market in Paris for instance) which will give you a good view on the various possibilities there are in terms of fabric. It will help you the kind of fabrics that will best fit your collection. With your sketches and fabric samples, you are now ready to start the pattern development of your pieces. This step consists in creating the pattern of each style in the base size (usually S size for women) and preparing a technical package that will help the factory understand the type of finish you would like to have on each garment.
Once all of this has been done, you are ready to launch the manufacturing of prototypes. We recommend creating one prototype for each style in a basic size (Small / Size 6 for example) to validate its fit and outlook. If modifications are to be made after the fitting session of this first sample, you might therefore want to launch a second sample to validate them. If necessary a third one can be launched, main objective being that you are fully satisfied with the garment fit and details. However, two samples should be enough to validate one style.
Ready-to-wear collection production
Once the average-sized model is approved, you can go ahead with grading it in all sizes. We advise making pre production samples (that is samples in each of the sizes put into production). You can also make samples only for the smallest and largest sizes (XS / XL) in order to make sure the grading is correct. Once those pre production samples are validated, you can launch the production of the whole collection.
That production phase includes: fabric cutting, assembling, and quality control (on part of the collection or on the whole collection).
Supplier support in the collection making process
Making a fashion collection is really hard and the process is very specific. Many brands rely on companies offering services dedicated to support fashion professionals. MonDéfilé is one of them. Indeed, MonDéfilé helps all of its clients to manage the creation of their collections, from mood-board creation to store delivery, including all phases such as product development, fabric and supplies sourcing, production, quality control and logistics.